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12 players set to leave St Helens – as things stand

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Things haven’t quite gone to plan for St Helens over the last few weeks.

Paul Wellens’ side have been handed defeats by Salford Red Devils and Castleford Tigers in their last two outings and they’ll be determined to get back on the horse in the derby against Wigan Warriors this week.

Whatever happens over the next few months, though, the club have some difficult decisions to make when it comes to next season with a host of players entering the final few months of their deals at the Totally Wicked Stadium. With that in mind, here’s a look at those whose contracts expire at the end of the 2024 campaign.

Konrad Hurrell

Konrad Hurrell is wearing the St Helens shirt. Of course, it's white with a red V, and there's a thin red line down the sides. The collar and sleeve cuffs are red. The Home Bargains logo on it is huge.

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Hurrell has been with Saints since making the move from Leeds Rhinos ahead of the 2022 season and he hasn’t disappointed. The Tonga international has made 63 appearances for the Merseyside outfit, with 26 tries coming along the way.

Wellens has expressed his delight with Hurrell’s performances of late, too, with the head coach hinting at the possibility of a deal being done in the months to come. However, Hurrell turns 33 next month and that must be taken into consideration when discussing his future.

Sam Royle

The back rower has made just four appearances for the club this season and bagged a try last time out in the loss to the Tigers. It was a tough day for St Helens but he impressed with his defensive output, too, making 34 tackles for the club. The 24-year-old is living the dream of playing for his hometown club, but given his age there could be a difficult decision to make about his game time or lack of it.

Sione Mata’utia

St Helens have the option to extend Mata’utia’s contract by a further season, but it remains to be seen if they will activate it. Mata’utia has been a key man for the Saints this season, scoring four tries and assisting three more in 15 appearances. As such, if Mata’utia is keen to stay at the Totally Wicked Stadium, it seems likely that the club will make use of the option they hold.

Jon Bennison

Jon Bennison kicks for goal

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St Helens have put plenty of faith in Bennison but his contract has been allowed to tick down towards its final few months. In 11 outings this season he has scored just three tries, with appearances coming on the wing and at full-back, underlining his versatility. At 21, he has shown plenty of promise and it would be a surprise if he were allowed to leave the club without the offer of a new deal.

Will Roberts

Roberts is still waiting to make his first team debut for the Saints. The half-back has had a taste of men’s rugby league, though, having represented Swinton Lions last season. Saints have the option to extend his contract by another year and you can expect the club to take it up.

Ben Davies

Davies has underlined his usefulness in recent weeks and has been included in Wellens’ last five Super League matchday squads. However, like Royle above, at the age of 24, Davies must think about his game time and progression as a player as he approaches his peak years.

Waqa Blake

Waqa Blake jumps

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Blake joined St Helens in January, but the Fiji international only penned a one-year deal with the club. So far he has scored nine Super League tries in 13 appearances this season, with a hat-trick coming against Castleford Tigers in May. Blake has made it clear that he would jump at the chance to stay on with the club, but it remains to be seen whether Saints will make their move to sign the former Parramatta Eels player up for another campaign.

Jake Burns

After impressing in the club’s reserve team ranks, Burns was handed a first-team contract last year. The 24-year-old hooker made his debut for the club last week, too, stepping off the bench in the loss to Castleford Tigers. He’s clearly valued in Merseyside and he’ll be determined to extend his stay with the Saints by earning another contract with the club.

Ben Lane

The 20-year-old hasn’t featured for the Saints first-team since 2022, while Kristian Woolf was still in charge of the club. However, he has seen action at North Wales Crusaders this season and he’ll be doing all he can to catch the eye.

McKenzie Buckley

Buckley has made just one career appearance for the Saints and like Lane, that came under Woolf. He has featured for the club’s reserves this season, but he is yet to fully become a member of the first-team picture.

Tommy Makinson

St Helens Tommy Makinson in action

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Makinson has made the tough call to bring an end to his 14-year stint with St Helens by agreeing to join Catalans Dragons next season. The winger has taken up a two-year deal with the Perpignan outfit, despite Saints being keen to keep hold of the 32-year-old.

Lewis Dodd

St Helens star Lewis Dodd has been linked with a move from Super League to the Dragons

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Dodd turned down the opportunity to sign a new deal at St Helens in order to take up a deal with NRL giants South Sydney Rabbitohs. The 22-year-old made his Super League debut in 2020 and he’ll be determined to end his five-season spell in the Saints first-team on a high this season.

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